Horseshoe Bay - a truly perfect spot on an amazing island. Can't recommend Magnetic Island enough for a winter holiday.
Our next guests arrived for a long weekend on Pilgrim, sailing from Townsville Cruising Yacht Club to Orpheus Island Resort. We spotted our first whale of the season, discovered some beautiful new anchor spots off the beaten track, snorkelled, sailed, explored and relaxed!
With a commitment to meet the Magnetic Island Race Week organisers and the local press we had no time to waste on our trip up to Townsville. With stops only at Woodwark Bay (again), Gloucester Island, Cape Upstart we arrived with a couple of days up our sleeve to explore Magnetic Island. What a heavenly place it is. More photos when we have more time here....maybe next winter...stay tuned?!?!
Time to share all we've discovered in the Whitsundays with our first charter guests up here - tailoring the itinerary to the weather and Martin & Chris's interests:
Day 1 - Hamilton Island to Sawmill Bay (strong wind forecasts - again!)
Day 2 - Walk to the top of Whitsunday Peak for stunning 360 degree views over the Whitsundays followed by a sail to Stonehaven anchorage for sundowners
Day 3 - Sail to Blue Pearl Bay, Hayman Island for some sensational snorkelling followed by a motor sail to Nara Inlet to explore the aboriginal cave paintings.
Day 4 - Time to blow away the cobwebs and get some steering practice in. A good windy day for a sail in the Whitsunday Passage before returning to Sawmill Bay for a paddle board and a swim.
Day 5 - The Grand Finale - wind obliged by abating in time for the trip to Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet. We dropped the boys off at Chance Bay for a snorkel and then a walk across the headland to Whitehaven while we brought the boat round meeting them on Whitehaven Beach. Stunning day - white sands, crystal waters - lived up to all expectations! Last stop for the day was a visit to Hill Inlet - picture postcard stuff!
Day 6 - Time to head back to Hamilton Island to catch the flight back to the chilly Sydney winter!
All in all a great trip with heaps packed into six days!
A great little spot 6 miles north of Airlie Beach is the exclusive resort of Woodwark Bay. It has a lovely little beach with a creek which treated us with our second mud crab. A little nerve-wracking when we find out after exploring in the creek that it's home to a croc!
During June we've been exploring the Whitsundays - unfortunately a bit of rain and strong winds means we've been staying mainly on the western side of Whitsunday and Hook Islands - with our favourite anchorage being Sawmill Bay with great sunsets and rainbows.
Another glorious spot - can't believe the resort isn't in operation. It's a beautiful island with great opportunities but seems it has been closed for several years. Well worth a visit if it ever re-opens or if you're sailing by!
With a strong wind warning - there's nowhere else we'd like to anchor than Scawfell. An old faithful for us. Weather was a bit sketchy with winds and rain but nothing to stop a bit of exploring on the beach.
Another new anchorage for us and again well worth checking out and "respectfully ignoring" the charts depth of 1.1m!!
The second fishing success....a 1 metre spotted mackerel. All a bit exciting as it was caught in Budgie (the dinghy) - not much room for us once the fish had made an appearance!
Trying to break from the Middle Percy mould we tried South Percy initially but at the tide change around 4pm the rolling became unbearable so we headed straight to the "comfort" of Middle Percy. A very social anchorage (as usual) - drinks in the A-frame with plenty of other yachties and some delicious nibbles - fresh coconut marinated in honey and lime juice was very memorable.
Crab pot was set in the boat harbour finally with success (after some tips from the locals) - a lovely large mud crab. Yum yum - Singapore Chilli Mud Crab for dinner! Hmmm slight problem - no crab cracking utensils..pliers will do!
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